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THE FIRST ACTRESS A Novel of Sarah Bernhardt

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Historical Fiction • 16.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2020

Gabrielle de Cuir's luminous narration transports listeners into the turbulent life of acclaimed nineteenth-century French actress Sarah Bernhardt. So many elements of an absorbing historical audiobook are present here--the Parisian settings, multilayered character portrayals, complex family dynamics, romance, and complicated issues concerning religion, war, and personal ambition. De Cuir takes full advantage of them to deliver a mesmerizing listen. Her versatile narration smoothly shifts among the numerous male and female characters--including Bernhardt's family members, actors, aristocrats, courtesans, and writers Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, and Oscar Wilde. De Cuir imbues each personality with razor-sharp intensity and authenticity. Her accents are impeccable, and she keeps a steady pace as she unfolds this lavish story. M.J. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2020]

Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2020

DD ISBN 9780593210857 $25.00


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2020

DD ISBN $95.00

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